Rodrigo Duterte denied ever giving an order to police to kill drug suspects.
Manila: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday informed the Worldwide Prison Courtroom (ICC) to go forward and examine him for crimes in opposition to humanity, and stated he would favor to face a firing squad than be jailed.
Nevertheless, the firebrand chief infamous for his defiance of worldwide strain questioned whether or not the ICC had jurisdiction to indict him over the deaths of 1000’s of Filipinos in his struggle on medicine.
He denied ever giving an order to police to kill drug suspects.
ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda stated on Thursday the preliminary examination into Duterte’s marketing campaign sought to determine whether or not it had the jurisdiction, and if crimes in opposition to humanity had been dedicated.
“I’d ask for the uncommon privilege of speaking to you. Simply the 2 of us within the room,” Duterte stated throughout a information convention, referring to Bensouda.
“I welcome you. If you wish to discover me responsible, go forward. So be it. Discover a nation the place they kill folks with a firing squad and I am prepared.
“For those who haul me right into a rigmarole of trial and trial, no want. Go forward and proceed in your investigation. Discover me responsible, after all. You are able to do that.”
About four,000 principally city poor Filipinos have been killed by police in Duterte’s signature marketing campaign that has alarmed the worldwide group.
Activists imagine the demise toll is much larger and accuse police or systematic cover-ups and executions. Police and the federal government dismiss that.
The examination is the primary formal step the ICC prosecutor takes when contemplating whether or not a state of affairs in a member state may ultimately result in prices. The method might take years.
Central as to if it proceeds is that if the court docket has jurisdiction, since it could possibly solely prosecute crimes when a member state fails to take action.
Duterte’s authorized counsel and his legal professional common on Friday stated a number of instances associated to the anti-drugs crackdown have been pending in courts and a Senate investigation had discovered no proof of wrongdoing.
The ICC complaints got here from a lawyer and two lawmakers and embrace the accounts of two self-confessed hit males who say they killed at Duterte’s behest when he was a metropolis mayor, and public statements he made as president that they are saying amounted to ‘shoot-to-kill’ orders.
Duterte stated it was uncertain the ICC had jurisdiction within the Philippines as a result of its accession to the ICC’s Rome Statute in 2011 had by no means been introduced within the nation’s official gazette, as required to be thought of lawful.
He additionally vented his anger at allegations of extrajudicial killings throughout his marketing campaign, saying the time period couldn’t be outlined.
“What’s extrajudicial killing?” he stated. “There isn’t any provision for extrajudicial killing, it’s not outlined wherever.”